Apr 01 2016

A Review of Idle Hands by Alana Church

Idle Hands by Alana Church

Idle Hands by Alana Church

A review today of the first work in a new series called The Succubus by Alana Church, a series that I think has quite a lot of promise, story and more. It’s a very difficult thing to start a series, to set up the who, what and where which eventually, as the series progresses, gets to the why.

To do so needs a group of characters who are the focus. They tell the story through who they are, what they desire, and how each of their lives come into contact with one another. Sometimes all that takes is a strong willed woman, her long forgotten desires, and a succubus in need. When that combination works well, all else comes into play.

The work tells the story of:

Althea was an immortal succubus, dedicated to a life of sexual pleasure. She lived her life on her own terms, caring little for others. However, one fateful day she was torn out of her own body by a deranged mortal. Forced to take shelter in the nearest woman, how will she regain her power and her body?

Rachel Wainwright was a successful attorney, but one with a troubled home life. Separated from her husband, fighting with her children, her life was cold and sterile. When her long-forgotten sexuality returns to her, how will it affect her, and those around her?

Althea now shares Rachel’s body and her mind. To return to her own form, she must take power from Rachel’s pleasure. And to do that, she must find work for her Idle Hands.

Althea is having a really bad day. It’s not enough that a mere mortal has harmed her, it’s not just that she had to take up residence in a mortal woman to survive. No, the real problem is that she can’t get out of the mess she’s in without the mortal’s help. It’s going to be a long road, filled with peril, strife, loss and more. Neither of them will be the same, and in the end, perhaps both will learn something about themselves that they didn’t expect before.

The work is interesting in many aspects, not the least of which is how Rachel, the main character of the series, sees her world at the beginning, how that changes over time through Althea’s presence, and what that drives the story towards by the end. There’s a thoughtful, gradual change in Rachel, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. How Althea does so, the way Rachel’s thoughts move from being a bit cold and focused, to being something more seductive, passionate, and emotional, made a real difference.

Althea’s path through the story is somewhat “behind the scenes” but there’s a good, logical reason for that, it makes complete sense, and there’s nothing strange or off putting about it. There has been thought given to what could Althea do, how could she influence Rachel, and what comes with her doing so. This core plot has a grounding in this first work, it lays out a path through which the series can follow, and in doing so allows for some erotic moments that work quite well as Rachel succumbs to Althea’s needs.

The erotic undertones don’t overcome the story, which I liked very much. There is a bit of self-pleasure, which was delicious, there’s a seduction scene that was very hot, very well written and I enjoyed. While there are but a few erotic moments to focus on, Althea’s influence on Rachel, those little whispers of ideas, thoughts and suggestions that pop in and out of the story are hot and teasing in what they promise. That is quite a talent to have as a writer and it is done here exceptionally well. The double entendres are amusing, the moments of scattered sexual thoughts made me smile. They are little punctuations in the story that make it more alive, more passionate, and more seductive.

The writing is lovely, there’s nothing that takes the story away, leaves it without direction or purpose. The erotica mixes well, not being silly or over the top. Each character, from Althea and Rachel through Rachel’s family, have their own personalities, thoughts, needs and goals. There’s a story for each of them and I feel that seeing how Althea’s presence touches each will make things more complicated, but also for a more fully realized story overall.

As the work progressed, there were quite a few moments when I had questions, thoughts and pondered over things that one character or another did. Rachel’s office scene with another character made me wonder about something and what that might mean going forwards. Rachel’s son and daughter have quite a few issues to work though, many with their parents, and I look forward to seeing what happens there. Most of all, the singular question of what Althea’s overall plan is, what happens to Rachel along the way is the largest question of all.

I would have liked to have seen a bit more told about Althea herself, though really that couldn’t happen, all things considered, because of her situation. There’s just something about her that I can’t quite put my finger on. She’s not stereotypical, I’m hoping that she remains so, and I think the author has a goal for her that is every bit as important as what happens to Rachel. The other thing that I would have liked to see more of would be a little more time spent before Rachel seduced another character. I felt like there is something missing just before that point that would explain what happened.

I highly recommend this work for the characters, the depth of the plot, the time taken to tell each of the main characters’ stories. This opening work doesn’t focus mainly on the erotica, the erotica is used to push the story forwards intelligently, which I really quite enjoyed. I have high hopes and expectations overall and I believe this series will be one of my continuing favourites to follow throughout.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

Althea has a “home”, it’s in need of a bit of tender loving care that only a succubus can give. I think that’s the most captivating part here and I look forward to what comes next…

 

Tera

Apr 01 2016

A Review of Turned in to a Girl! by B.J. Sackrider

Turned in to a Girl! by B.J. Sackrider

Turned in to a Girl! by B.J. Sackrider

I believe that every book should be given a chance. Sometimes I can be pleasantly surprised, sometimes I wind up shaking my head and, rarely, I read something and wonder if there is anyway to get back the time I wasted in reading.

Today is, of course, April Fool’s and I have the feeling that this work is very apt. There should be something in a book called a story. There should be something in a work called character. Most of all, if there is supposed to be a Succubus in the work, there had best be one.

Otherwise… Why list it as having one in the first place?

  • Title:Turned in to a Girl!
  • Author: B.J. Sackrider
  • Length: 36 Pages
  • ASIN: B00WPVSIO2
  • Publishing Date: April 25, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

It is the story of:

When Max finally decides to explore the woods behind his new house, he meets a mysterious woman with magical powers… Gender Swapping Powers. But the woman has a darker side…

What will Max do when he starts to grow breasts and the bulge in his pants disappears? Will his new horny body be able to resist the woman’s evil temptations? Or will he give in to her devilish ways…

I really can’t give a reasonable summary of this story because, as a whole, the story is scattered, wildly uneven, and even when it comes to the erotica, there’s nothing there that creates any heat at all.

The story goes off in all sorts of directions, many of which make no sense at all. There’s nothing in the characters to like nothing in the story to hold onto, and most of all… if there is a Succubus in this work, and there is supposed to be, she’s hardly a succubus by any means.

The only thing I will say with regards to the “succubus” in this work is that… well… There is the barest hint that she is once. The problem is that with how scattered the story is, how hard it is to read, it’s difficult to get anything out of the work save for a great deal of confusion.

It’s been a while, but…

Zero pitchforks out of five.

If the work has a Succubus, she’s hard to find. If the work has a story, that’s even harder. Poor writing does that and there isn’t anything of note that can help.

 

Tera

Mar 31 2016

Succubi Image of the Week 428

Two images this week of Morrigan Aensland as the Succubi of the Week… One is a bit more… exposed to say the least. But the thing about these images is that, in a lot of ways, they are about the most striking and powerful images of Morrigan that I have seen in some time…

It is, after all, important to give Morrigan her due…

Morrigan Aensland NSFW Version by yuureikun

Morrigan Aensland NSFW Version by yuureikun

Morrigan Aensland by yuureikun

Morrigan Aensland by yuureikun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both of these amazing, powerful works of Morrigan art are by an artist on DeviantArt called Yuureikun. The first can be found here and the slightly revealing second one can be found here. The artist’s DeviantArt page can be found here with, I’ll add, the most incredible talent for bringing characters to life…

The only way I can describe this art is that it simply… looks right. Really there’s no other way to explain things, at least in my eyes. There’s the right look of sexy in her eyes, the right expression of her character, her form and body shape “fit”.

The expression of Morrigan’s power is strongly in this art, but not overwhelming as a whole. She isn’t over endowed too much to overemphasis her cleavage. The sheen of her bodystocking brings out her beauty and the pose is captivating, but at the same time there’s a hint of action in that too.

By far one of my favourite Morrigan artworks of all time.

It’s not a simple thing to make Morrigan statuesque, but this artist has done that in a way that is beautiful and true to who Morrigan is…

 

Tera

Mar 30 2016

A Minion perhaps, a Succubus costume not

Sexy Satanic Minion CostumeSometimes there are costumes that do, thankfully, not try to say that they are trying to be Succubi. That’s actually a good thing as my own expectations are lowered, sometimes to a level that even amazes me. Still, even if they manage to have something that might be not too tacky in them, they still manage to find a way to reach new levels of tackiness nonetheless…

This is called the Sexy Satanic Minion Costume and it comes with a red sequin halter top, metallic red booty shorts, red sequin chaps with attached belt buckle, a red sequin devil horn hood and the pitchfork that I hate to no end. Shoes are not included of course.

It sells for as much as $150 US on the sites I have found this on, but it has appeared on special for as little as $95 US.

My first problem is what this costs obviously as some of the costumes that I have reviewed in the past that are as much as this one have gotten much higher ratings that this one will.

While I like the overall shiny, I can’t say that I like the chaps, or the hood. Neither of them do anything for me, I think they are both kind of trashy and, as such, being that they are the majority of the look, that just disappoints me. And I am not even going to start ranting over the pitchfork, which I think needs to be sent to the deepest levels of hell to burn in eternity… But I digress.

However, setting aside that pitchfork, and looking at this as not being a Succubus costume, but more of a “Succubus-wannabe” sort of thing, I would take the hood and the top, find a skirt to match, some thigh-high boots, and then, really, I think there’s something there to play with.

But otherwise, as this is, I can’t say that there’s much there.

Two out of five pitchforks.

Needs some imagination to make this work and it’s a shame that the designer didn’t do that in the first place more than they did…

 

Tera

Mar 29 2016

A Review of Demon in My Bed by Heather Lewis

Demon in My Bed by Heather Lewis

Demon in My Bed by Heather Lewis

It’s nice to find a story where the erotica isn’t the be all and end all. It’s important that there be story, characters, and a hook that keeps my interest. For the most part, I prefer there to be more meat in the story than simply the description of the beefcake, or cheesecake for that matter.

Story needs to have a main character that one can emphasis with, hope for, and in the moments where everything looks bad, you hope for things to turn out right. Sometimes that happens in ways you never quite see at the time.

  • Title: Demon in My Bed
  • Author: Heather Lewis
  • Length: 30 Pages
  • ASIN: B00WKM1PAK
  • Publishing Date: April 22, 2015
  • Publishing Date: December 15, 2013
  • This work at Amazon.com

It tells the story of:

Blair Evans has had a rough go of it lately. When she’s not flipping burgers at a roadside diner, she’s trying to scrape up enough money for culinary school. When a grandmother hardly knew dies and leaves her a small inheritance, Blair thinks it’s the answer to her prayers. There’s a slight catch…

The inheritance comes with a haunted house. Pennhalow isn’t exactly the stuff that dreams are made of. Amongst the dust and filth of decay, Annabel is certain there’s a diamond in the rough.

But Seth has other ideas. Annabel’s dreams are vivid explorations of the erotic kind and the dark stranger she encounters in each brings her ever closer to an ecstasy that will be her salvation or her undoing…

Blair finds herself caught in the middle of a fight over holding onto a home that isn’t a home any more, a family that hasn’t been one for a very long time. In all of the moments that give no comfort, her dreams offer something. But when she figures out what that is, does it matter at all in the first place when her hold on what’s most precious to her now is slipping away?

The thing I liked most about this work was that the characters, minor or main or otherwise, are all well written, have depth, and are, in their own ways, interesting and captivating. There are some, of course, who are dislikable from the very beginning, and in being so their hidden tugging on Blair does a lot to shape her thoughts and guide her going forwards.

Blair is, to be clear, a very strong willing personality, and I loved her outlook on things, how she muddled along when she needed to, but at the same time, she had an inner strength that popped out to the fore at the right moments to make her character that much more likeable and in being so, you hoped that she would overcome the roadblocks tossed up in front of her.

Seth, the incubus of the work, isn’t stereotypical and the connection between himself and Blair is lovingly crafted, has some delicious heat, and in that, though he is a mystery, becomes central to the story without being overbearing. It’s a very hard thing to manage as there is a tightrope being walked between Seth and Blair that could have gone too far into a store which the heat would have smothered the story, but it didn’t.

As the story unfolds, there are a lot of secrets that come out, many of which are, especially for Blair, shocking. In all of the things that pile onto her, all of the problems, issues, fights and battles, there’s a certain satisfaction when the story turns towards wrapping up the loose ends, telling of what happen, and, more importantly, what Blair does finally and how that relates to Seth as well.

The ending leaves a wonderful open ended question about what exactly has happened, what it means, and if the outcome is all that, considering the story as a whole, it should be. There is such a thing as a happy ending sometimes and in this case the ending was the best it could be I felt.

Well written, there is a good sense of place, of the characters and their differing accents, personalities and actions. The work is a complete story, there isn’t a feeling that something was left out or held out. Simply a lovely story about finding hope in the dark around you.

Four out of five pitchforks.

I’d have liked the work to be a bit longer, perhaps tell more about Seth and his connection to Blair’s relation and what that might have meant, if anything. It’s a bit of a mystery, one that would have been nice to know, but didn’t take all that much away from my enjoyment of the work overall.

 

Tera

Mar 29 2016

A Review of Lighting the Fire by Carley Rose

Lighting the Fire by Carley Rose

Lighting the Fire by Carley Rose

The third review today of the Cravings series by Carley Rose. This work completes what seems to be the first book in the series, as it is followed by a compilation work which contains all of the prior works in the series, plus a “bonus story”. If you’d like to know my thoughts about the prior works, you can find my first review here and my second review can be found here.

There are some themes that I don’t really enjoy. While they can be completely understandable in why they happen, what may come from them, that doesn’t mean that I enjoy them much, if at all. The other thing that bothers me is when all else in the story is wonderful, but the editing leaves something to be desired.

Sometimes talking to yourself means talking to a darker side within. In doing so there comes a point where one can accept it, reject it, or, if one is so inclined, harness that darkness, not be controlled by it. All that takes is to believe in one small thing… in spite of yourself.

  • Title: Lighting the Fire
  • Author: Carley Rose
  • Length: 47 Pages
  • ASIN: B01DEAS93C
  • Publishing Date: March 23, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

In the third part of this series, ‘Lighting the Fire’, Elle is captured by a rather unsavory character that has her chained up naked with spells restraining her Demon side. Even with her Demon locked away, she still has her cravings, and can’t help wanting, needing, to taste even just a bit of sexual energy from others.

With Gregor far away and her future looking bleak, Elle has to accept her Demon if she wants any chance to escape from her position as a sex slave.

Of course, maybe their impossible connection could be just the thing that saves Elle from herself.

Elle wakes up to find herself at the mercy of people that don’t think too highly of her as a succubus. That’s their first mistake. Then they decide to have some fun with her. That’s their second. They don’t get a third, and then Elle learns that being a succubus comes with strings attached. Not just the ones binding her body, but the ones in her mind, soul and heart.

The work revolves around Elle being kidnapped and then what happens to her at the hands of her kidnappers. Overall, that part of the work didn’t do much for me because Elle suffers a lot during that time. While there is a point to it all, and it allows an important connection to be made, it’s just a lot of abuse that didn’t sit well with me. There was no heat in it. nothing that I found enjoyable about it. It felt very much like a means to show that this new group of individuals were really bad people so that when things happen, one doesn’t exactly feel bad about it.

Elle’s inner demon makes her appearance in this work finally, but she’s not named, seems somewhat hidden about what she wants. She doesn’t really communicate with Elle so much as she points out a lot of things Elle can do, and then urges her onwards. She is, at least for the moment, very much the devil on Elle’s shoulder. That could be an investing thing to follow, assuming that the two personalities remain apart.

The ending is rather quick, there are a few haunting suggestions about the future to be told and how Elle is involved in that. It’s a lot of foreshadowing mixed with the only bit of erotica that I found had some heat, and heart, in it.

Much like the prior works in the series, there are several new characters that appear and then fade out again, some of them permanently so. However, there is a singular focus on this new group, the threat they are to succubi like Elle and other demons as well. From that perspective I liked the author managed to do that. I hope that continues.

Thera are a scattering of spelling mistakes, some grammar errors and, occasionally, the dialogue doesn’t quite read right. Setting aside those small issues, I think this work stands up as well as the first and is better than the second in the series. It gives direction towards the series, a purpose for Elle. I’m just hoping this doesn’t turn into a series where Elle is abused over and over again, because that will be a problem in a lot of ways for me. But the overall direction doesn’t seem to have purpose as yet and I’d like to see that happen.

Three out of five pitchforks.

I didn’t care for the abuse that Elle suffered, I’m somewhat concerned about the haunting threats that keep piling up around her. At some point the story needs to pick one “bad guy” and stick with it. Don’t make this a “evil villain” of the month club. Get things back to Elle dealing with herself and we’ll have something good to read.

Cravings: Parts 1-3 by Carley Rose

Cravings: Parts 1-3 by Carley Rose

As this is the final part of the first book in the series, I’m adding a short review about the series as a while so far. If one is inclined, the collected works are available with a bonus story attached about Gregor that reveals some interesting things about his past.

I think the first three works, seen as a single book, works relatively well, but there are a few things here and there that could be worked on to make things quite a lot better.

  • Title: Cravings: Parts 1-3
  • Author: Carley Rose
  • Length: 47 Pages
  • ASIN: B01DEAS93C
  • Publishing Date: March 23, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The first book is, overall, rather scattered in the plot. There seems to be a lot of groups and characters that are parachuted into the series, and then vanish as quickly. That said, there is a thread running throughout that is interesting and I think will lead towards a point where Elle needs to make a choice within herself. That part of the series, her “other”, when she begins to make herself known begun well, but then peters out far too soon leaving only the emotional connection, a hint of how “bad” she is, but really not much more.

I’d like in the next part of the series that there be a singular focus on one opponent to Elle. There are at least four or five now, plus an unrevealed group or two, plus an ongoing threat to succubi in general. That’s a lot to push onto a young woman who’s trying to figure out what’s going on, and then deal with the idea she’s got a special relationship to deal with on top of it.

I think that’s the main problem with the series so far. There are a lot of good ideas and plots to explore, but they are all running along with each other or are seemingly abandoned for something else that comes along.

The other thing is that the series needs another pass over by an editor. There are quite a number of silly mistakes in words, spelling and grammar that pop up at the worst moments and that takes something away from the series that shouldn’t be.

I like Elle, I like her a lot, but taking her from innocence to full on sex fiend so fast I think left behind something that could have been explored at a better pace. Pushing her towards her “demon” and becoming her would be disappointing all things considered. There is such a thing as getting even of course, but that doesn’t have to come at the expense of who Elle is.

For the series to this point, I’ll give it three out of five pitchforks.

There’s promise here, I’d like to see that developed into something more than just Elle’s sexual needs. Elle is more than a succubus, so let’s see where that takes her please?

 

Tera

Mar 28 2016

Sometimes By TeraS

This past week was our anniversary, that is to say that of myself and my Eternal. I’ve written many stories about our other selves, some of which come very close to home, some of which are far more reality than fantasy, buried in the words. There are some moments when the Queen needs her King, and it is a lot more than …

 

Sometimes
By TeraS

 

There is a day which is important most of all to two of those that live in the Realm. They do not expect anyone else to celebrate it, mark it, or do anything special for it. The day is their own, even if the entire Realm knows what day it is, and how much it matters.

Tera would thank anyone that offered to have a party on that day, give a speech, or otherwise spend time and effort upon them, but then say she simply didn’t want a fuss made over them. In the same way, Keith would chuckle, thank whoever it was, and explain that they were quite fine and not to worry about them, thank you.

Sometimes their subjects would wonder about this, being that everyone knew what day it was and was sure that some sort of fuss was warranted. Sometimes the two Eternals would relent and allow something to be done on this day. But that was a rare thing.

However, in this particular year, something different was afoot, even if the two Eternals weren’t prepared for it in the least.

The evening before their special day, when they would normally just be resting on their couch in each other’s arms, things were a little bit different. Tera was curled up on a sofa by the fireplace, Keith across the way on another. Life had been overwrought for some time now, the needs of many others, of course, being put ahead of their own. They were drained, and, for the first time in a very long time, they had both put the significance of the next day out of their minds.

On the other side of the fence that marked the boundary between their Realm and that of their closest, dearest friends, however, a certain soul and his love were pondering their neighbours beyond the koi pond. They were resting in their own living room, sharing a bit of apple pie together, and talking about their neighbours, the light from their dear friends’ home being just visible from over top of the fence from where they both rested.

Pondering, or rather, perhaps, the more accurate term might be “scheming.”

“Holiday trip to Bora-Bora?”

He chuckled: “She’d never go. That place sounds boring, even if it wouldn’t be. Furthermore, she’d be … miffed … at anyone spending that kind of money on them.”

She tapped her fork against her plate: “It’s not about the money. But yes, I know, she cares more about everyone else than herself and I know he is exactly the same.”

Hugging her, he continued: “Yes, yes for both of them. As for giving them a gift, that’s not going work, either. Oh, she’ll be overwhelmed, in tears, but then she’ll be spending the next six months trying to figure out a way to repay it.”

“You know, I shudder to think what her husband goes through finding her a birthday present.”

He smiled, knowingly … and knowing his friend, Keith, was not alone in this: “He’s figured out that the giver is more important than the gift.”

Enjoying a bit more of the pie, she mused: “Hmm …”

“Hmm?”

“The pie is lovely.”

“That wasn’t the ‘Hmm’ of liking the pie. I know that ‘Hmm’ and you’re thinking of something.”

Pointing her fork across the room she noted: “I have a thought.”

He chuckled: “Oh? I’ll guess that, whatever it is, it’s an excellent thought.”

“Of course it is,” she smiled, winking.

Wisely, he just smiled and nibbled. Whether on his love or the pie, or both, was their secret.

The following morning dawned upon the home of the two Eternals whose day had arrived. It dawned like any other day one might imagine in the Realm, save there was a slight difference in this one.

Within the home, two souls awoke, kissed each other good morning and began their days. Tera gathered her things, checked her phone’s schedule, making note of the things that she needed to do. Keith finished making their breakfast before glancing at his own list of things to do. This was how they were: it was important for them to be there for their families, for those that called on them. It wasn’t time meant for them; they felt it was their place to give to others well before themselves.

At least, that that was their place on a normal day.

“I don’t have anything on my schedule today.”

“Oh?” There was a pause … a rather long one. “Seems like mine is the same.”

Tera shrugged, pocketed her phone, and made her way to the front door.

“It’s probably a mix-up at the Palace. The Receptionist will straighten it out for …” There was a pause as she opened the door, then called out: “Sweetheart? Could you come here for a moment?”

When Keith approached, he noticed that Tera was looking at a long red ribbon that had been thumbtacked to the top of the doorframe and hanging below was a small white envelope with their names written upon by a familiar pair of hands.

Keith carefully plucked the card from the ribbon and considered it.

“What do you think it is?”

“I know who it’s from.”

“So do I.”

Removing a card from within, Keith read the card, then gently took Tera’s hand and pulled her away from the door before closing it.

To Tera’s quizzical look, he explained: “You know, we forgot what today is.”

Her eyes became larger as she looked at the calendar they had pinned to the wall beside the door: “Oh, Goddess! I’m sorry …”

Hiding her close, their tails wrapping about them. He smiled: “Me, too. We both forgot something that we never should.”

Tilting her head to the right, she wondered: “What’s that card say?”

“Something about our friends giving us a gift.”

If there is one look that Keith cannot resist, it is when Tera’s bemused smile appears, and as it had been some time since he had last seen it, there was no hesitation.

Tera found herself cradled in her Eternal’s arms and being carried through their home. Passing through the kitchen, his tail snagged a can of RediWhip along the way. This was another thing that they hadn’t done in a while.

Then came a giggle that was long missed by them both: “I’ll bet that note says nothing about that.”

“You’ll see.”

Soon after, the neighbours across the yard heard a laugh from within a certain bedroom, as two souls that were always one celebrated that oneness again.

Later, entwined in each other’s arms, their love rekindled, the light about them brighter than it had been for some time, a small card rested upon their end table.

To our friends:

Sometimes finding you a gift is impossible … this took a whole Legion of help to manage it.
Sometimes the best gift is one of time.
Sometimes the world can wait … but your love never can.
Sometimes being together is the best gift of all.

Now take the day off, you two.
And you’d better not make this a sometime thing.

Happy Anniversary!

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